Art in motion at Fribourg’s museum

Fribourg’s Espace Jean Tinguely Museum houses gigantic art installations with tubes, iron wheels and bars, metal pipes and electric motors, all made from scrapyard junk

Art in motion at Fribourg’s museum

It’s different: Eye-catching installations at the Espace Jean Tinguely museum in Fribourg, Switzerland. Photos by the writer

Kalpana Sunder 

Wheels within wheels… the gigantic contraption throttles into action, rattling and banging with squeaks and groans. It’s a museum like none other. The Espace Jean Tinguely in Fribourg, Switzerland, is set up in a former tram depot, with high ceilings and rustic feel, and pays homage to an artist couple- Jean Tinguely and his wife Niki de Saint Phalle. Jean, an artistic prodigy who was born in Fribourg and studied in Basel, was famous for whimsical kinetic sculptures, which he built out of scrapyard junk and metal scrap. He created gigantic art installations with tubes, iron wheels, iron bars, metal pipes, and electric motors called metamatics.